Tobruk


1h 50m 1967

Brief Synopsis

September 1942 - With Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British special forces unit, composed of German Jews who serve with the British despite the mutual resentment between both, kidnap a Canadian officer who is an expert topographer and who is held prisoner by the Vichy French in Algeria. The officer, Donald Craig, must negotiate a company of British and German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing against Tobruk's massive fuel storage base - a mission that sees one impediment after another, and which discovers an undetected German armored force ready to win the battle of Egypt.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 7 Feb 1967
Production Company
Corman Co., Inc.; Gibraltar Productions
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In 1942 Maj. Donald Craig of the British North African Army is captured by the Vichy French and then rescued by German-born Palestinian Jews working with the Allies. He is taken to the headquarters of Col. John Harker, who explains to him that because of his knowledge of desert topography he is needed for a potentially suicidal raid on the fuel bunkers at Tobruk, a Mediterranean seaport and Rommel's key supply source occupied by German and Italian troops. The plan is to proceed to Tobruk by having the Palestinian Jews, under the command of Capt. Kurt Bergman, pose as German soldiers escorting a battalion of British prisoners. In the course of their long journey across the Libyan Desert, the men trick Italian and German tank units into firing upon each other, shoot down an Allied strafing plane rather than reveal their identity, and capture two Nazi civilian spies. When the spies escape, it becomes apparent to Harker and Craig that one of their group is a traitor, and Bergman becomes the chief suspect. Upon reaching Tobruk, Craig and Harker lead the attack on the fuel depot and the surrounding gun emplacements. In the heat of battle Bergman's second in command, Lieut. Max Mohnfeld, is exposed as the traitor. The intense fighting rages until dawn, and when the mission is completed, only 4 survivors remain of the 83 who started out on the expedition. They are picked up by a small boat from one of the ships in the British task force and evacuated by sea.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
Chicago opening: 7 Feb 1967
Production Company
Corman Co., Inc.; Gibraltar Productions
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Special Effects

1968

Quotes

Sorry, we have no tea. Perhaps you'll settle for chocolate.
- Captain Berghman
Very British of you, Major.
- Captain Berghman
It's suicide.
- Major Craig
It's orders.
- Colonel Harker
I never did trust 'em. Once a Jerry, always a Jerry.
- Alfie
Once a thief, always a thief, That right Alfie?
- Dolan
If those tanks reach El Alamein, the Germans have Egypt.
- Captain Berghman
They may have the lock, but we have the key.
- Colonel Harker
You know the orders. No fraternizing.
- Dolan
Who's fraternizing? I only asked if he's got bullets in that chopper. I don't him to take his play-acting too much to heart.
- Alfie

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed near Yuma, Arizona.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video May 5, 1988

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967

Re-released in United States on Video October 24, 1995

Techniscope

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1967

Released in United States on Video May 5, 1988

Re-released in United States on Video October 24, 1995